George History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name George comes from the given name of the father and was typically denoted as "the son of George." The personal name George was originally derived from the Greek word which means someone who was a farmer or someone who worked the land. [1]

Another source claims a Norman influence as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Richard and William de St. Georgio in Normandy as well as Robert, William, Ralph de St. Georgio were listed there 1180-1195. [2]

Early Origins of the George family

The surname George was first found in Dorset where it is noted as a somewhat rare name in mediaeval records. The popularity of the name increased during the Crusades which brought more contact with the Orthodox Church. St. George, who slew his famous dragon in 303 A.D., may have inspired the use of this name. In 1348, Edward III founded the Order of the Garter under the patronage of St. George and by 1415, a yearly festival was set in place that continues today. Today, St. George is considered the patron saint of England.

However, by the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was scattered throughout ancient England and Wales. Those rolls listed: Robert Gorge in Oxfordshire; William Gorge in Cambridgeshire; and Jeorgius Clericus in Lincolnshire. [3]

Guppy notes the "name at present most numerous in Monmouthshire, and after that in South Wales. Bare in the south coast counties, excepting Cornwall, and in the north of England, north of the Wash and the Dee." [4]

Further to the north in Scotland, the name appeared later as "it was a not uncommon surname in Prestwick in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Archibald George appears as burgess and councillor of Irvine, 1597." [5]

Important Dates for the George family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our George research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1412, 1471, 1511, 1700, 1594, 1677, 1626, 1678, 1690, 1647, 1640, 1644, 1797 and are included under the topic Early George History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

George Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name George has appeared include George, Georgeson and others.

Early Notables of the George family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Gorges of Langford Wiltshire; John George (1594-1677), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1626 and 1678; John George (d. 1690), English officer of the Royal Navy, Secretary of the...
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Migration of the George family to Ireland

Some of the George family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

George migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name George arrived in North America very early:

George Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Griffeth George, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 [6]
  • Jane George, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Jane George, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry George, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • William George, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637 [6]
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George Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rebecca George, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [6]
  • Jean George, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718 [6]
  • Joh Christoph George, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [6]
  • Edmund George, who arrived in America in 1760 [6]
  • Francois George, who landed in South Carolina in 1763 [6]
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George Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert George, who landed in America in 1806 [6]
  • Matthew George, who landed in America in 1810 [6]
  • Martha George, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [6]
  • M George, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [6]
  • Eliza George, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [6]
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George Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joe George, who landed in Mississippi in 1903 [6]
  • Michael George, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905 [6]
  • Albert George, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905 [6]
  • Petro George, who arrived in Mississippi in 1913 [6]
  • John George, who landed in Alabama in 1928 [6]

George migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

George Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John George U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 461 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [7]
  • Mr. William George U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [7]
  • Mr. John George U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1784 [7]
George Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel George, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Isaac Lyman George, who landed in Canada in 1839
George Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • R George, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • G George, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

George migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

George Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John George, (b. 1799), aged 15, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 8th August 1814, sentenced for life for stealing a watch and wearing apparel, transported aboard the ship "Northampton" in December 1814 to New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • James George, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Thomas George, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Abraham George (b. 1811), aged 23, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 14th October 1834, sentenced for 7 years for obtaining money under false pretenses, transported aboard the ship "Waterloo" on 18th November 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [11]
  • Mr. Abraham George, (b. 1811), aged 23 born in St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 14th October 1834, sentenced for 7 years for false pretenses, transported aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [12]
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George migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

George Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas George, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. William George, (b. 1814), aged 27, British blacksmith travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [13]
  • Mrs. Ann George, (b. 1815), aged 26, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [13]
  • Miss Ann Bennett George, (b. 1834), aged 7, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [13]
  • Miss Georgiana George, (b. 1836), aged 5, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [13]
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Contemporary Notables of the name George (post 1700)

  • Mary Antonia "Mari" Hulman George (1934-2018), née Hulman, American philanthropist and business owner, Chairperson of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1988 to 2016
  • Camille "Bud" George (1927-2017), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1975-2012)
  • Jean Craighead George (1919-2012), American Newberry Medal winning writer who authored over one hundred books for young adults, probably best known for her work On the Far Side of the Mountain
  • Lieutenant-General Harold Lee George (1893-1986), American Director of Information, Headquarters U.S. Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C. (1946) [14]
  • Brigadier-General Harold Huston George (1892-1942), American Deputy Chief of Staff for Material and Logistics (A-4), Far East Air Force (1942) [15]
  • Brigadier-General Charles Peaslee George (1886-1946), American Commanding General Artillery XXII Corps (1944) [16]
  • Lowell George (1945-1979), American musician, singer and guitarist
  • James Zachariah George (1826-1897), American jurist and legislator
  • Henry George (1839-1897), American economist
  • Norman St. George, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 6th District, 2002 [17]
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Historic Events for the George family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edward O De St George (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Jersey, Channel Islands, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William R J George, British Petty Officer "A", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]

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Citations

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  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Harold George. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/George/Harold_Lee/USA.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Harold George. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/George/Harold_Huston/USA.html
  16. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Charles George. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/George/Charles_Peaslee/USA.html
  17. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  18. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  19. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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